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NRL Grand Final: Panthers v Eels

NRL Grand Final 2022

Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

Gates Open
13:00
State Championship Grand Final
13:20
Women's NRL Grand Final Kick-Off
15:55
Entertainment Start
18:30
NRL Grand Final Kick-Off
19:30
Full Time
21:25

Important travel advice

Fans are encouraged to plan their trip and consider all the available travel options ahead of time. Travel on public transport to and from Olympic Park is included in your ticket to the game. 

Arrive early and soak up the pre-game atmosphere in the Olympic Park precinct with plenty of venues to enjoy before kick off. Gates open from 1pm with preliminary matches from 1:20pm ahead of the NRL Grand Final kick off at 7:30pm.

Express and limited-stop trains to Olympic Park will run regularly from Central and Western Line stations to get you to game, with frequent return services running after the match to get you home. From Olympic Park station, the stadium is a short 10-minute walk away.

Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses (pdf 893KB) will run on all nine routes to Olympic Park frequently from around 11:35am, depending on the route. Return services will run after full-time to get you home. 

If you have to drive, you’ll need to pre-book parking to secure a space, spots are selling fast so pre-book online at Sydney Olympic Park – Parking, don't leave it til the night. If you havent pre-booked and still have to drive you'll need to consider the public transport options or park at a nearby station commuter carpark and continue your trip by train to Olympic Park.

Traffic will be heavier than usual on roads approaching the precinct so allow extra travel time. You can find real-time updates on traffic conditions at livetraffic.com.

After the game, avoid the queues for transport services and wait times leaving car parks by enjoying the post-match show and trophy presentation from your seats, including match stats, player interviews and more - all shown on the big screens. You can also continue to purchase food and beverage from outlets. There is also food, dining and drinking options available outside the Stadium, open both before and after the game.

Valid pre-purchased tickets to 2022 NRL Grand Final on Sunday 2 October includes travel to and from Sydney Olympic Park on the following transport services – just show your event ticket to transport staff when boarding:

  • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations)
  • Sydney metropolitan and outer metropolitan buses
  • Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses
  • Sydney Metro North West services
  • Sydney and Newcastle Light Rail services
  • Sydney and Newcastle Ferries

Remember to keep your event ticket safe for your return journey or you'll need to use your Opal card or contactless payment method, as you must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport. Your match ticket is valid on the modes of public transport listed above until 4am the following day.

Note: an additional train station access fee applies for travel to or from Domestic and International Airport stations. The access fee is not covered by your event ticket travel entitlements.

Sydney Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains running between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station.

Metro services start from the early morning running every 10 minutes until late.

Connect with a Route 5A or 5B Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Bus, which makes stops at Tallawong, Rouse Hill, Norwest, Castle Hill and Bella Vista Metro stations. See the Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Bus route map (pdf 893KB) or the Major Event Buses Interactive Map for more details.

From Macquarie Park connect with a Route 1B major event bus. Alternatively, change at Epping to connect with trains to Strathfield for direct services to Olympic Park.

For Metro service disruption information, check trackwork and travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

The closest station to Accor Stadium is Olympic Park. Additional express and limited stop trains will run before and after the event to help you get there and home again.

Getting There

Additional express and limited-stop services to Olympic Park will run from the following stations:

  • From Central: express services will run approximately every 15 minutes between 1pm and 2pm, then every 10 minutes from 2pm until 9:30pm, stopping at Redfern, Strathfield then Olympic Park.
  • From Penrith: limited-stop services will run every 15 minutes from 1pm until 9:30pm, stopping all stations to Seven Hills then Westmead, Parramatta, Granville, Lidcombe then Olympic Park.

Alternatively, catch a regular service to Lidcombe and head to Platform Zero for a direct train to Olympic Park, running every 10 minutes until 10pm.

NSW TrainLink Blue Mountains Line: Passengers should change at Parramatta to connect with express services running every 15 minutes to Olympic Park. Between 5pm and 8pm, all trains to Central will make an additional stop at Lidcombe.  

Getting Home

Additional express and limited-stop services will run after the game to help you get home:

  • To Central: express services will leave Olympic Park every six minutes from 9:30pm until 12:30am, stopping at Strathfield, Redfern then Central.
  • To Blacktown: limited-stop services will leave Olympic Park  every six minutes from 9:30pm until 1am, stopping at Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta, Westmead, Seven Hills then Blacktown. 
  • To Penrith: limited-stop services will leave Olympic Park every 15 minutes.
  • To Emu Plains: limited-stop services will leave Olympic Park every 30 minutes.
  • To Hurstville: An additional train will leave Central at 11:13pm, stopping Redfern, Sydenham then all stations to Hurstville.

NSW TrainLink

  • Blue Mountains Line
    • Passengers should catch one of the frequent express trains to Blacktown and change at Parramatta for services to the Blue Mountains.
    • Between 10pm and 1am, trains from Central will make an additional stop at Lidcombe.
    • An additional train will leave from Penrith at 11:44pm, stopping all stations to Springwood.
    • An additional train from Penrith will leave at 12:50am, stopping all stations to Mount Victoria. 
  • South Coast Line: Additional Train will leave Central at 10:58pm, Redfern, Wolli Creek, Hurstville, Sutherland, Waterfall, and then all stations to Kiama.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: An additional train will leave Central at 11:18pm, stopping Strathfield, Epping, Hornsby then all stations to Newcastle Interchange (except Wondabyne).

Trackwork

Long weekend trackwork is taking place from 2am Saturday 1 October until 2am Tuesday 4 October and may affect how you travel to and from the event. Plan ahead using the Trip Planner.

  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: Homebush trains run between Liverpool and the City via Regents Park, stopping at all stations between Liverpool and Lidcombe, then running to the normal timetable between Homebush and the City only.
  • T3 Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Lidcombe and Sydenham. Trains run between Liverpool and the City via Regents Park, stopping all stations to Lidcombe and the City Circle. Trains also run between Sydenham and the City Circle, stopping at St Peters and Erskineville. Buses continue to replace trains until Sunday 9 October.
  • South Coast Line: From 12:40am Saturday until 2am Monday, buses replace trains between Bomaderry and Wollongong. Trains run between Wollongong and Thirroul or Bondi Junction, some to a changed timetable. From 2am Saturday until 2am Tuesday, buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong. From 9:40pm Saturday until 2:30am Sunday, buses replace trains between Waterfall and Hurstville.

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Trackwork may affect how you travel so allow plenty of extra travel time and plan ahead. Check trackwork and travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will run on all nine routes from the Northern Beaches, Inner West, Sutherland Shire, North Western Suburbs, Hills District and Southern Suburbs for the 2022 NRL Grand Final on Sunday 2 October. 

Service Times:

  • To Olympic Park: Services will start running every 5 to 15 minutes between 11:35am and 12pm, depending on the route. Buses begin arriving into the precinct from around 1pm until 7pm ahead of kick off.
  • From Olympic Park: Services will leave Olympic Park every 5 minutes after full-time, with the last bus on each route leaving the precinct by 11pm.

Routes 1A, 1B, 2 and 4 drop off and pick up from the Aquatic Terminal on Olympic Boulevarde near Herb Elliott Avenue.

Routes 5A, 5B, 6, 7 and 8 drop off and pick up from the Plaza Terminal on Olympic Boulevarde near Kevin Coombs Avenue, opposite Qudos Bank Arena.

Plan your trip using the Trip Planner to find your stop.

You can also see all of the routes in the Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Bus route map (pdf 893KB) or the Major Event Buses Interactive Map.

Major Event Bus routes

Route  To Sydney Olympic Park and return
1A Narrabeen, Collaroy, Dee Why, Beacon Hill, Forestville, Roseville, Chatswood West, North Ryde and Top Ryde
1B Warriewood, Mona Vale, Terrey Hills, St Ives, West Pymble, Macquarie Park & Top Ryde
2 Glebe, Rozelle, Drummoyne, Hunters Hill, Gladesville, Putney and Meadowbank
4 Maroubra, Eastgardens, Mascot, Brighton-Le-Sands, Bexley, Campsie and Strathfield South
5A Hills Showground, Castle Hill, Baulkham Hill and Northmead
5B Tallawong, Rouse Hill, Bella Vista, Norwest, Baulkham Hills and Northmead
6 Sutherland, Menai, Illawong, Bangor, Padstow, Bankstown, Yagoona and Chullora
7 Cronulla, Miranda, Sylvania, Hurstville and Greenacre
8 Dural, Cherrybrook, Carlingford, Pennant Hills, Telopea and Ermington

Search your bus route number at routes and timetables for full timetable details and stop locations. Please note service times will be affected by traffic conditions on the day. For real-time bus service disruptions check travel alerts.

Note: Wheelchair accessible buses will travel on each route, you can also see accessible services in the Trip Planner identified by the wheelchair icon.

Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Bus route map

The following Sydney Buses services run to Sydney Olympic Park:

  • Route 525 runs between Parramatta and Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park. 
  • Route 526 runs from Rhodes to Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf
  • Route 533 runs from Sydney Olympic Park to Chatswood via Rhodes and North Ryde.

Bus Diversions

Route 525 and 526 services will be diverting due to road closures within Sydney Olympic Park. Stops on Dawn Fraser Avenue and some stops on Edwin Flack Avenue will be missed. Catch services from stops on Park Street at Olympic Park train station or Edwin Flack Avenue and check signs at stops for details.

For bus service disruption information check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

The closest wharf to Accor Stadium is Sydney Olympic Park Wharf. There is a connecting 526 bus to the venue or alternatively it is approximately a 40-minute walk (3.6km) from the wharf.

F3 Parramatta River services run regularly to Olympic Park, but services are very popular and may reach capacity. Keep this in mind if you’re planning on catching an F3 Parramatta River service. Plan your trip and allow plenty of extra travel time or consider the alternative public transport options available.

For ferry service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

L1 Dulwich Hill Line

L1 Dulwich Hill line light rail services run every 15 minutes between Central Grand Concourse and Dulwich Hill from 6am to 11pm daily, and until midnight on Fridays. 

Change at Central for express trains to Olympic Park running regularly from 1pm.

L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford Lines

L2 Randwick light rail services run between Circular Quay and Randwick via Central Station (Chalmers Street) and L3 Kingsford line services run between Circular Quay and Juniors Kingsford via Central Station (Chalmers Street). Services run regularly from 5am to 1am daily, plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Change at Central for express trains to Olympic Park running regularly from 1pm.

For maps and service frequencies see light rail service information. For light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Heavy traffic is expected on roads as thousands of fans travel to Sydney Olympic Park. If you're driving to the game allow extra travel time on the M4 Motorway, Homebush Bay Drive, Concord Road, Silverwater Road, Ryde Road, Lane Cove Road and Epping Road.

Aim to arrive early to soak up the pre-game atmosphere. Remember to pre-book your parking as casual parking will be very limited on the night and is likely to reach capacity.

Road closures:

Roads within Sydney Olympic Park will be closed to accommodate crowds and extra public transport services for the event. Some roads will close from early morning so plan ahead and check out the Sydney Olympic Park Authority interactive map for closure locations and other precinct info. 

 

Road closures

Sydney Olympic Park Authority will close the following local roads in the precinct to accommodate increased public transport services and ensure pedestrian safety during the event.

From 1am Monday 26 September to 3am Monday 3 October

  • Grand Parade from Olympic Boulevard to Australia Avenue
  • Showground Road from Grand Parade to Murray Rose Avenue

From 10pm Friday 30 September to 2am Sunday 2 October

  • Murray Rose Avenue from Gate 15 to Showground Road
  • Showground Road from Dawn Fraser to Murray Rose Avenue

From 2am Saturday 1 October to 2am Monday 3 October

  • Olympic Boulevard from Herb Elliott Avenue to Edwin Flack Avenue
  • Dawn Fraser Avenue from Showground Road to Edwin Falck Avenue

From 6pm Saturday 1 October to 2am Sunday 2 October

  • Dawn Fraser Avenue from Park Street to Showground Road
  • Murray Rose Avenue from Park Street to Showground Road
  • Showground Road from Novotel Loading dock to Dawn Fraser.

From 8am Sunday 2 October to 2am Monday 3 October

  • Showground Rd from Grand Pde to Dawn Fraser Ave
  • Murray Rose Ave from Showground Road to Gate 15
  • Olympic Boulevard from Herb Elliot Ave to Sarah Durack Avenue
  • Shane Gould Ave from P2A to Olympic Blvd
  • Grand Pde from Australia Ave to Olympic Blvd
  • Kevin Coombs Ave from Australia Ave to Pondage Link
  • Shirley Strickland Ave from Rod Laver Drive to Olympic Blvd
  • Shirley Strickland Ave from Olympic Blvd to the M4 Exit (P4 car park)
  • Rod Laver Drive from Shirley Strickland to the Tennis Centre

From 12pm Sunday 2 October to 2am Monday 3 October

  • Dawn Fraser from Park Street to Showground Rd
  • Showground Rd from Herb Elliot Ave to Dawn Fraser Ave (Novotel Loading Dock)
  • Herb Elliott Ave from Olympic Blvd to Showground Rd
  • Murray Rose Ave from Showground Rd to Park Street 

From 8.30pm Sunday 2 October to 2am Monday 3 October

  • Herb Elliot Ave from Park St to Showground Road
  • Edwin Flack Ave from Birnie Ave to Old Hill Link (northbound)
  • Edwin Flack Ave from Pondage Link to Old Hill Link (westbound)

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

The nearest Taxi Rank to Accor Stadium is Herb Elliott Avenue near the Pullman Hotel.

If you’re using taxis or rideshare, remember that roads will be closed within the precinct. Allow plenty of extra travel time due to the increased traffic expected in the precinct before and after the game.

When leaving, choose a pick-up location away from the immediate area around the stadium to avoid delays.

For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit Transport Operators.

Sydney Olympic Park Car Parks

If you have to drive, carpool with your group and pre-book parking online at Sydney Olympic Park Prebook to guarantee yourself a space. Online pre-booking is available until 11:59pm the night before the event (Saturday 1 October) but is selling fast and will sell out prior to the event.

If you haven't pre-booked parking and still have to drive to the game, consider parking at a station commuter car park and continuing your trip by train to Olympic Park with plenty of extra services running.

Fans with pre-booked parking tickets can follow signage and directions of staff to your allocated spot. Use Silverwater Road, Holker Street and Hill Road to get to your car park and avoid the heavy traffic congestion expected at the Homebush Bay Drive roundabout.

Train Station Commuter Parking

A number of key train stations have large commuter car parks, so consider parking at a station near you then catching one of the extra trains to Olympic Park.

Stations with large car parks on the western line where you can change for a frequent direct train to Olympic Park include:

  • T1 Western Line: Seven Hills, Blacktown, Rooty Hill, St Marys and Penrith

Stations with large car parks on other train lines that require one interchange by train to get to Olympic Park include:

  • T1 North Shore & T9 Northern Line: Gordon, Thornleigh and Concord West
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: Sutherland and Kogarah
  • T8 Airport & South Line: Padstow, Revesby, Fairfield, Warwick Farm, Glenfield, Holsworthy, Macarthur, Campbelltown and Leumeah

Transport Park&Ride Car Parks

Transport Park&Ride provides up to 18 hours free parking each day. All you have to do is complete a public transport journey. For locations of Park&Ride car parks and more information on how it works, see Transport Park&Ride.

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).